Raise a Beer Stein to Oktoberfest 2012 in Horsham

Get your lederhosen out—Oktoberfest is here!

Before Halloween arrives, there’s another not-so-spooky way to celebrate fall: the German holiday of Oktoberfest.

While you're looking forward to dressing up in a costume and nearly getting a cavity from the candy intake, you can don knee socks and feast on bratwursts and beer.

In its native Bavaria, Germany, Oktoberfest is traditionally celebrated for 16 days, and this year the fun goes from Sept. 22—Oct. 7. It is one of the most spirited celebrations in Germany, and is a huge part of Bavarian culture.

The first Oktoberfest was in 1810, as part of Crown Prince Ludwig’s wedding festivities, and has continued ever since.

At Otto's Brauhaus in Horsham, the German restaurant's Biergarten entertainment on Oct. 5 features Bob T. and Smiling Ed from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. 

In nearby Ambler, the annual Oktoberfest event is slated for Oct. 6 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and features music, food, fun, crafts, and, of course, drinks.

Oktoberfest sends lots of Americans to the store to stock up on sausages and spirits. Check out some native German recipes like sauerkraut and potato pancakes or unique beers. They'll have your taste buds saying “danke schön.” You can also try your hand at grilled bratwurst with German potato salad. Finishing off the meal with a German apple strudel is also sure to be a crowd pleaser.

And of course, you can’t say auf wiedersehen to Oktoberfest without a proper polka. Here are some polka dance moves and a tutorial that will make you the toast of the celebration.

Glückliches Oktoberfest!

TELL US: How are you going to celebrate Oktoberfest? Do you have any favorite Oktoberfest foods? 


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